Clearly, Catholic school students outperform public school students at every turn and are educated for less than half the cost of public school students. This is why Catholic education is better and less expensive than public school education.
I believe that if you paid every public school teacher in America at least $ 100,000 a year for their services, the opportunities for public school students would have essentially the same because of the systemic problems in public education. Teachers would make more money but students would be no better educated.
That is why throwing money at education makes about as much sense as using dollar bills to light a fireplace.
Because of my prior affiliation with Holy Family School in Lacey (WA), I was pleased to see this letter to the school by Jason Oliveria from the Diocese of Stockton (CA):
"From January 23-25, 2008 I had the pleasure of serving as a team chairperson for an accreditation visit at Holy Family School in Lacey, WA I was serving on behalf of the Western Catholic Educational Association (WCEA), in conjunction with the Northwest Association of Accredited Schools (NAAS).
"During the three-day visit, the visiting team found Holy Family School to be an exemplary learning institution. their work.
"This was not my first go-around as a visiting team chair, and I always make it a point during a visit to ask myself the question, would I send my children to this school? In the case of Holy Family, my answer would be a resounding YES!
"I would like to thank the administration, Father Edward, parents and students of Holy Family for their warm hospitality during my visit to the Pacific Northwest.
"The school is an amazing place, and I encourage anyone considering Catholic education for their children to look closely at Holy Family School, you will not be disappointed."
There are more non-Catholic students and minority students attending Catholic schools today than in years past, but the quality and cost effectiveness of Catholic education has not changed. You can not find a greater bargain than Catholic schools in educating children.
(Editor's Note: This is Part 4 of a 4-Part Article.)
Copyright © 2008 Ed Bagley